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Discover ACS International Exchange

Student Exchange Program

German-American
Partnership Program

GAPP is an organization, established in 1972 at the Goethe Institut in New York, which promotes the exchange of young Germans and Americans. At the heart of the exchange is the integration of students into the everyday life of their host families and into the classroom activities of their host schools. Through regular school attendance at the partner schools and living with host families, the students become members of a school, a family and a community.

AHS Exchange Program

A GAPP exchange program between the Hans-Leinberger Gymnasium in Landshut, Bavaria and Assumption High School has existed since 1994. 20-25 German students and two or three teachers come to AHS during their Easter break of even numbered years and spend approximately 4 weeks here. American students likewise spend 4 weeks in Landshut during June/July of odd numbered years staying with their host partners. For information on both partner schools, please click on the more button.

 

South Korea
Exchange Program

A South Korean student exchange program has been established in which students from South Korea travel to and live in Central Wisconsin for approximately two months (January and February). Normally, exchanges are for high school level students, but, in this case, the children are younger. They are in grades three through six and are both male and female. The students live with host families.

The students attend classes at St. Vincent de Paul and Assumption Middle Schools during the day. At night, they participate in the routine family activities of the host families. The South Korean children may also receive English tutorial by a certified teacher after the regular school day.

 

GAPP News

An unforgettable month was had by fourteen members of Assumption High School’s German classes who participated in an educational and cultural German immersion program in Landshut, Germany. As part of the German-American Partnership Program (GAPP), these students stayed at the homes of the German students who had visited them in Wisconsin Rapids during April 2014.

 

From June 15th – July 9th, Assumption German students attended classes at the Hans-Leinberger Gymnasium (university prep high school), toured local industries (BMW and the Wittmann Brewery), visited an elementary school and took field trips to sites of historical, cultural and religious significance, such as Regensburg, the Bavarian Forest, Dachau, Berchtesgaden, and Füssen among others. The group also attended mass at the famous Rococo Wieskirche at which two of the trip participants were honored with the request to serve mass that day.


Besides gaining first-hand knowledge of a typical German school day and German family life, Assumption students also gave presentations about the city of Wisconsin Rapids, the American school system, hunting, Wisconsin sites, products of Wisconsin, as well as peoples of Wisconsin, e.g. German immigrants, Native Americans, Amish and Hmong in our state. Eating new foods, dealing with the highs and lows of public transportation, and learning a different way of school and home life had a positive impact on both the students and families involved in the exchange.

 

The GAPP exchange between Assumption High School and the Hans-Leinberger Gymnasium has existed since 1994. Assumption students receive academic credit for their international experience. In April 2016 Assumption will host another group of students and their teachers from Landshut.

 

This summer’s participants were Carter Austin, Leah Becker, Shania Beenken, Ashley Bohn, Nathaniel Clark, Tyler Erdmann, Maria Gudelis, Jasmine Hunn, Trevor Newton, Mason Oertli, Megan Pawelski, Ashley Rustad, Hannah Stetz and McKenna Tiernan. Chaperones were AHS German teacher Bobbette Leu-Timmermann and Gerald Osowski.